Winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel in South-East Asia and the Pacific

Shortlisted for the 1999 Montana Book Awards Deutz Medal for Best Book of Fiction

‘Kassabova, born in one of communism’s stagnant provinces, and living in one of history’s non-happening places, has placed herself in the most sought-after zone in fiction – that rare realm between exile and memory… Kassabova has assembled a beautiful novel from the ruins of history, from the smudged pages of a family album. She has done it with so much brio, rarely seen in first novelists. Exile, for a change, is not time in rust, but an exhilarating time in the Pacific.’

S. Prasannarajan, Indian Express

‘Reconnaissance is a singular achievement: powerful, honest, brutal, erotic and assured. In Nadejda, Kassabova gives us a central character who is irresistible.’ Graeme Lay, North & South, NZ


Photography by Kapka Kassabova, Northland, New Zealand